The Alberta Utilities Commission on July 30 approved a Grande Prairie Generation Inc. (GPG) application to construct and operate a 95-MW natural gas-fired generating plant in the Cremona area, to be known as the Harmattan Energy Centre.
The application was registered in May 2012. The proposed power plant would be located in Mountain View County, Alberta, approximately 15 kilometers north of the village of Cremona. GPG proposed the construction and operation of a power plant consisting of two General Electric LM6000 natural gas turbines operating in simple-cycle mode for a total installed capacity of 95 MW.
During the course of this case, objections were raised about noise impacts from this project. But the project backers submitted a work plan to minimize noise concerns, alleviating commission concerns in that area.
GPG stated in its application that the construction and commissioning of the power plant would take nine months to complete. Hence, it is expected that the proposed power plant can be in operation in the first quarter of 2014 at the earliest, the commission noted.